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Posted on Jan 12, 2012 in Dear Diary | 42 comments

Televisionary

I make no secret of the fact that I love TV. Despite all of my attempts to counteract my true nature, I’m really a couch potato through and through. It is for this reason that for the better part of two years living in my house, having a TV took precedence over having a usable desk.

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Here’s a closer shot (from a different, messier occasion) of that whole situation:

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Er, yeah. Now, before you think that this is going to turn into some kind of resolution-y post about cutting TV out of my life, think again. I love TV. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with enjoying both quality programs and a few guilty pleasures. I am never going to be one of those people who just “doesn’t watch a lot of TV”. Pass! But I do think it’s important to make the distinction between how I view TV now, versus how Old Gretchen viewed TV.

I fully admit to being the kind of person who would actively pass up activities to watch TV. Believe me, I know how sad that sounds. I would decline going out to dinner so I could catch one of my favorite shows and nix heading out with friends on the weekend so I could clear out my DVR queue. All that sitting and TV-watching really worked up an appetite too, so I would spend hours literally resting on my laurels while I ate chips and cookies and pizza and… well, you get the general idea. Mindless eating in front of the television is something I still struggle with.


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After we made the decision to cut out cable (and all live TV access) from our household, I did cut down on my hours logged in front of the boob tube. That said, I do still watch a lot of TV. Though I have kicked quite a few shows off of my list, I still vigilantly watch The Vampire Diaries (duh), Glee (not 100% sure why lately), and all the Thursday night NBC sitcoms (Community, come back!) the day after they air. I’ve really gotten into Once Upon a Time this season, and I squee with nerdy hipster delight at Zooey Deschanel in her show, New Girl. Netflix streaming has also proven to be a powerful friend.


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I guess the biggest difference between the old and, er, current me when it comes to this aspect of my lifestyle is that I am no longer willing to sacrifice other parts of my life for television. Except for the occasional episode of The Vampire Diaries following a particularly gasp-worthy cliffhanger from the week before (IT’S SO GOOD.), I would never pass up meeting a friend for dinner or going out to an event just so I could sit in and clock out in front of the TV. I even finally got a mount (a Christmas gift from my brother!) to put the TV on the wall and give myself a real desk like a real(ish) adult!

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And to use like I’m a real writer. 🙂 Of course, let’s ignore the fact that now my TV is situated perfectly in front of my bed, and focus on the desk-clearing aspect.

In grand scheme of all the changes I’ve made in my life thus far, this one is probably pretty insignificant. Maybe if I had kicked the TV bucket completely it would seem more… monumental. But I do think it’s a nice representation of all the smaller things that get affected when you make one large change. I made my health a priority, and it hasn’t meant giving up the things that I enjoy. It just means being smarter about them. I used to use TV as an excuse to not have to interact with the rest of the world, to hole up in a private place where I could wear stretchy pants all the time and nobody would mind my stomach rolls. I love living my life now. And the lingering bits of television? Well, they’re just gravy.

What is the one TV show (or two, or six) that you just can’t seem to kick?

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Posted on Oct 21, 2011 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts | 27 comments

It’s Friday, Friday

So, somewhere in the blur that was yesterday, I remember getting a really good idea for today’s post. Of course, after my MIND WAS BLOWN by yesterday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (which I got to watch nearly live for once thanks to a well-timed family dinner and my parents’ DVR), I can’t actually remember WHAT that idea was. Fail. Amazing, heart-stoppingly intense fail.

I’m sure that said brilliant idea will come to me eventually, but in the meantime please enjoy the fact that you probably now have Rebecca Black’s “Friday” stuck in your head after reading the title of this post, bwahaha. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if for any reason you might have forgotten that yesterday was Thursday, tomorrow is Saturday, or that Sunday comes afterwards.

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Haaaaahahahaha. Okay, sorry for that. To make it up to you, here’s an incredibly embarrassing picture of me from dinner last night. We had burritos.

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Can you tell I’m having a little too much fun playing with layout templates?

Urrrrk. I think we’re even.

More of me telling you things I like, under the assumption that you actually care.


1. Vlogging

Still hate the word itself, but I am really digging turning on the video charm (HA!) for you guys. Be sure to let me know if the videos are too much or whatever, but they’re fun for me to make so I’m going to assume they’re fun for at least some of you to watch. Consider this your warning that more will be coming, hahaha.

2. 90s Television

If you are 21 or younger, you might not remember the amazing programming that was available for our impressionable minds to absorb. Boy Meets World, Clarissa Explains It All, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Hey Arnold!, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Pinky & the Brain… the list goes on. When Nickelodeon announced they were bringing back some of my favorite childhood shows, I immediately went to seek them out for myself since we don’t have TV anymore (SOB.) Thank goodness for Netflix and the interwebs!

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3. Autumn Vegetables

After yesterday’s post, you are probably well-aware of my current obsession with spaghetti squash, but the truth is that I’m excited for all the autumn vegetables that are hitting the Farmer’s Market! Brussels sprouts on the stalk, butternut squash, carrots, beets… I have all sorts of recipe ideas stirring. I’m trying to put more of an emphasis on seasonal eating, so hopefully this excitement about colder-weather veggies will last through the winter, too!

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4. Canada

Ottawa, specifically! I’ve mentioned a few times now that I’m taking a trip up there soon. Well, by this time next week, I’ll be back in the Great White North (where I graduated from high school). I’m so excited to hit up all my old stomping grounds!

5. Kidney Stones

PSYCH! (Another 90s throwback for you with that particular word, haha.) This week’s kidney stone episode was NOT a pleasant part of my week. Luckily, they passed without issue (y’know, other than the blinding pain and whatnot), and things have turned around quickly since then. I even managed to pound out two excruciatingly slow miles on the tready yesterday! Be proud. Be very proud.

Anything new you’ve been digging on this week? Colder weather sweeping in? Scarves, hats, and boots taking back the streets? Gaddafi’s death? Oh yeah, we just got all political up in hurr. Sidenote: I was going to make Vampire Diaries part of the original list, but then figured it doesn’t really require a mention. I’m pretty sure my obsession there has been made abundantly clear, hahaha.

Have a great weekend!

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Posted on Apr 28, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 16 comments

Harry’s Birfdaaaaaaaay!

Gooooood morning, friends! Everyone please wish a big ol’ Happy Birthday to my beloved Harry:

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He turns SEVEN today! Ahhhhh! My pupper is getting… OLD! He is officially middle-aged (miniature schnauzers have a lifespan of 14-16 years… waaaaaaaaaaaah!) Okay, enough morbidity. He is the bestest best dog ever, y’know, aside from my other dog, ahahahaha. He will most definitely be getting a celebratory pupcake tonight. 🙂

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In other news, Happy Vampire Diaries Day Thursday!! I hope everyone is managing to stay dry on this ridiculously-humid-and-supposedly-going-to-storm-like-crazy-later morning. Last night was family dinner night over at Casa de Powell Parents, so Ben and I jaunted over to help with ‘rents with dinner.

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No, our main course was not Miniature Schnauzer a l’Orange. Heh.

I helped my mom with dinner, while my helpful brother set up Dragon Age (aka the most amazing computer game ever and yes I’m a nerd.) on my dad’s computer. My pop’s headed to Korea for work come Saturday so he’ll need something to occupy him!

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On the menu was roasted chicken for the guys, fish for the ladies (that’s me!), and a heaping side of mushroom risotto! (Plus a li’l bitty salad. Balance, y’know?)

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My mom has been obsessed with this mushroom risotto that they made during a cooking demonstration on the cruise we went on back in January. They passed out the recipe afterward and she’s been trying to perfect it ever since. This was my first time ever making risotto (or seeing how it’s made) so it was really interesting. But as this recipe includes butter, mascarpone AND parmesan cheeses, and an entire box of stock for cooking it is DEFINITELY a rich, indulgent dish. An eat-in-moderation kind of thing if there ever was one. But you can imagine how delicious it was if it’s that bad for you, eh?

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Mmm.

Breakfast this morning is basically just the same as yesterday only in a different wrapper:

It’s a lox burrito! Ahahaha. No capers this morning (I forgot them at home) but I did use up a little looks-like-it’s-bad-but-is-totally-delish avocado. Stupid browning. Ah well. My stomach doesn’t have eyes so it won’t care, right?

Some strawbs on the side for good fruity measure, and there was also an unphotographed mandarin orange consumed earlier while waiting for some sneaky miniature schnauzers to come back in from the backyard.

So as mentioned before, it’s Thursday, which means it’s Thursday Night TV night (redundant?) While shows are season finale-ing left and right with summer right around the corner, for a long time I had a very difficult decision to make since there are so many shows on Thursdays that I love to watch! And since my DVR can only record two at a time (what did we DO before DVR?!) I had some breaking up to do. My Thursday night lineup now consists of Vampire Diaries (uh, duh?), Nikita, Private Practice, and almost all of the NBC comedies: Community, Perfect Couples (although I think this got canceled?), Parks & Rec, 30 Rock (but NOT Outsourced. Heavens no!) While I obviously never have time to actually watch all of the shows actually ON Thursday night (we already covered my love for my DVR, right?), it just makes me happy to know that they’ve aired and they’re waiting patiently for me at home… barring any unfortunate potential roommate deletions, that is.

What’s your Thursday night TV lineup? Or feel free to share that can’t-miss TV show in general. I used to be a total TV addict, back when I didn’t have much else going on in my life other than food and television. I was unwilling to miss one of “my shows”, and wrapped my schedule around what I wanted to watch. It was really pretty sad. I now have a much healthier relationship with the boob tube (hehe) but still just love my Thursdays!

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